The tinamous of the genus Crypturellus are usually notoriously difficult to see. Most species of this family are polygamous, with the smaller males performing the domestic tasks and the eggs are beautifully coloured. Tinamous exhibit exclusive male parental care. This type of care is rarely found in birds and only in tinamous is present in all species of the order. In polygynandrous species, males accumulate eggs from several females in at least two different ways: in some species females form stable groups and cooperate to lay the clutch for a male, sometimes even laying replacement clutches together. In other species, multiple females lay eggs in a nest, but they
do not form associations or travel together before or after being attracted by the male.
Listen to the sound of Red-legged Tinamou
Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto
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Confined to the Upper North East region of South America the Red-Legged Tinamou is a very rare species, with only a few observations in Surinam. There are seven sub-species recognized, which of these are present in Surinam is unknown. Its secretive life style and the feact it only calls for half an hour at dusk and dawn makes it hard to observe. The red-legged tinamou
(Crypturellus erythropus margaritae) is a critically endangered bird species that is endemic to Venezuela.